Derek Kim of Network Osaka Designs the World He Wants To See

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 3, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design
Tags: graphic design, Poster
If you haven’t run into Derek Kim’s work yet, you should just stop reading this and click here.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with this incredibly talented designer (and professional F-bomb dropper). As his Muni rebrand concept shows, he thinks like we all should: appreciating and challenging the often overlooked design that's around us. 

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Eephus League Resurrects the Nearly Lost Art of Baseball Scorekeeping

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 2, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design
Tags: sports

Having grown up in Cincinnati (aka the birthplace of the pro baseball), I still remember going to Reds games and being mesmerized by the dedication of some the old timers keeping score, marking every out, hit, even every pitch. It’s pretty cool how a simple series of numbers and straight lines can build to form the intricate and strategic story of a baseball game.


Eephus League, the passion project of Bethany Heck, has resurrected this art of scorekeeping with a gorgeous and thoughtfully designed collection of scorebooks, tutorials, and gear. Thanks to her work, I’m now an avid score keeper in the park and on the couch.

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Swedish Studio Kokokaka Pushes the Limits of Interactive Experience Design

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 1, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Experience Design
Tags: advertising, commercial, video
Swedish creative shop Kokokaka first caught my eye several years ago with their super smart and beautifully executed work for Wrangler which you can still check out here

Who knew you could build an interactive experience in which you actually interact with the product? Since then, Kokokaka has continued to push out great work for Ikea, Volvo, Louis Vuitton, and a handful of design-centric brands. Beyond just clever interactive pieces, all their work harmonizes the use of color, type, and of course photography and video styling.

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How Filmmaker Duo The Mercadantes Keep it Real

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 30, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Film
Tags: advertising, Film

You’ll probably recognize the aesthetic and tone of filmmakers Daniel Mercadante and Katina Hubbard from recent Apple spots. There’s a consistent level of authenticity and down-home charm to all their work. On top of that, there’s often an underlying message and somewhat subliminal meaning to their films that creeps up and sticks with you. 


Despite the fact that their films are so calm and "real," they still keep you on the edge of your seat. My personal favorites, which you can watch below, are "Words," "Baseball," and especially "Symmetry."

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Kickstarting Classics: Reissuing the Standards Manual

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 29, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design, Typography
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We probably all think of kickstarter as an outlet for wacky new inventions. Luckily some design nerds (no offense to Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth) saw an opportunity to share a piece of design legend with the world. They’ve rebuilt Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's signage and way finding system, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. 364 pages of perfectly crafted letterforms and information design. So if you’re an admirer of Vignelli and you’ve got some money lying around—hurry up and back it.

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